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  • The Windup Girl

  • By: Paolo Bacigalupi
  • Narrated by: Jonathan Davis
  • Length: 19 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 278
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 199
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 202

Anderson Lake is a company man, AgriGen's Calorie Man in Thailand. Under cover as a factory manager, Anderson combs Bangkok's street markets in search of foodstuffs thought to be extinct, hoping to reap the bounty of history's lost calories. There, he encounters Emiko...Emiko is the Windup Girl, a strange and beautiful creature. One of the New People, Emiko is not human; instead, she is an engineered being, creche-grown and programmed to satisfy the decadent whims of a Kyoto businessman.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great story - Narrator on Valium

  • By David on 06-04-14

See below

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-08-18

A well-crafted book, read by an excellent narrator. Audible, please go back to paying for talent like this!

  • The Bone Clocks

  • By: David Mitchell
  • Narrated by: Jessica Ball, Leon Williams, Colin Mace, and others
  • Length: 24 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,079
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,919

One summer's day in 1984, teenage runaway Holly Sykes encounters a strange woman who offers a small kindness in exchange for 'asylum'. Decades will pass before Holly understands what sort of asylum the woman was seeking.… The Bone Clocks follows Holly's life: not so far out of the ordinary, yet punctuated by flashes of precognition, visits from people who emerge from thin air, and brief lapses in the laws of reality.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Sodding marvellous

  • By Andy Parsons on 24-09-14

Excellent story, slightly let down by narration.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-12-16

This will be brief as I've finished listening in the early hours of the morning.
I can find very little fault with the book, but the lack of character continuity between narrators/actors was, at times, frustrating. More frustrating was the fact that the second narrator seemed unfamiliar with a large amount of the vocabulary. His accents and character portrayals were superb, but the bizarre pronunciation of many words really started to grate after the first hour.
All this said, however, I would recommend this title. I just wish that publishers/studios would support their actors more - these are problems very simply prevented. More emphasis on quality as opposed to profit may be the answer.

  • Light

  • By: M. John Harrison
  • Narrated by: Julian Elfer
  • Length: 10 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 34
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 27

In contemporary London, Michael Kearney is a serial killer on the run from the entity that drives him to kill. He is seeking escape in a future that doesn' t yet exist - a quantum world that he and his physicist partner hope to access through a breach of time and space itself.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Well-written, but let down by the narration.

  • By Simon Roots on 06-12-15

Well-written, but let down by the narration.

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-12-15

What made the experience of listening to Light the most enjoyable?

The story was surreal, complex and well-written.

What other book might you compare Light to, and why?

The style reminded me in some ways of William Gibson's early novels, and very much in a good way. Other elements brought to mind the Void Trilogy by Peter F. Hamilton.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julian Elfer’s performances?

Unfortunately not. Whilst his voice is pleasant, he consistently mispronounces words and robs phrases of their meaning by placing the stress in the wrong place. If this were my book, I would be infuriated that the language I had so carefully constructed had been vandalised in this way.

  • The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

  • By: Claire North
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 12 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,542
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,418
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,419

Harry August is on his deathbed. Again. No matter what he does or the decisions he makes, when death comes, Harry always returns to where he began, a child with all the knowledge of a life he has already lived a dozen times before. Nothing ever changes. Until now. As Harry nears the end of his eleventh life, a little girl appears at his bedside. 'I nearly missed you, Doctor August,' she says.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Déjà vu all over again

  • By S. Kingston on 07-07-14

Superb. A rare achievement.

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-10-15

The narrator stumbled on very few occasions, but that's a production problem and a miniscule negative in the reading of a novel and thoroughly enjoyable book.

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  • Iron Council

  • New Crobuzon, Book 3
  • By: China Mieville
  • Narrated by: Damian Lynch
  • Length: 17 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 128
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 102
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 101

It is a time of revolts and revolutions, conflict and intrigue. New Crobuzon is being ripped apart from without and within. War with the shadowy city-state of Tesh and rioting on the streets at home are pushing the teeming metropolis to the brink. In the midst of this turmoil, a mysterious masked figure spurs strange rebellion, while treachery and violence incubate in unexpected places. In desperation, a small group of renegades escapes from the city and crosses strange and alien continents in the search for a lost hope, an undying legend.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Excellent story, shame about the narration

  • By Simon Roots on 09-03-15

Excellent story, shame about the narration

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-03-15

I didn't enjoy Railsea as much as I'd hoped, but Iron Council was everything I've come to expect from China Mieville. What almost completely ruined it for me, though, was the narration. Mieville utilises an excellent and broad vocabulary, but unfortunately the narrator approached many of the words as someone who had never heard them before and therefore pronounced them with seemingly random inflection and phonics. I can thoroughly recommend the book, but it's one to read until a new actor is found do so for Audible.

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